The Arewa Youth Group led by Yerima Shettima has reportedly made a U-turn about their eviction order, after they issued a 90-day ultimatum asking Igbos to leave the North.
The group now demands that Igbos should not leave the region, just after the eviction order has raised a lot of dust between the South-East and Northern part of Nigeria.
The group confirmed this during an exclusive interview with The SUN, noting that the group only made the call to bring Nnamdi Kanu to order.
Here is the interview:
Question: You speak as though you have no regrets over the quit notice you gave. Can you assure the Igbo that they are safe in the North?
Answer: No, they are safe. You can be rest assured they are safe. You can quote me; they are safe in the North.
Question: And nothing bad will happen to them?
Answer: They are safe. Events and time have changed the mindset of the northerner, not even me who represents their interest. A lot of them have realized that truly this young man does not speak for the entire Igbo. If we had not come out with a statement we probably not have realized that a lot of Igbo are not in support of Biafra. You can now see that we have reduced the entire IPOB struggle to nothing but a fraud. So now to an extent it is a plus for the Nigerian government.
Question: So you can publicly say the Igbo shouldn’t go?
Answer: No, they shouldn’t go. They should relax. Officially, we will make an announcement to that effect because it is a collective thing. So they can be rest assured of their safety and security God willing. We have no problems with the Igbo living in the North, but there are certain things we need to put in place so that officially at the level of the coalition we can make that statement.